Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

Forest action plans provide an analysis of forest conditions and trends in your area.

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Pulaski Award Nominations Due March 15

The Pulaski Award nomination process is open. The National Fire and Aviation Executive Board invites you to review the criteria and submit a nomination reflecting the accomplishments of our nation's finest. The Pulaski Award is an annual, national award for outstanding contributions to wildland firefighting from America's  wildland firefighters.

Fiscal Year 2012 Statistics Survey: Wildfire Prevention and Control Efforts Cost State Forestry Agencies $1.8 Billion

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) State Foresters by the Numbers Report shows the key role state foresters have played in protecting non-federal forests and enhancing their value; providing technical assistance to nearly 200,000 forest landowners in 2012; and training more than 57,000 firefighters to protect 1.56 billion acres of land from wildfires.

Bluebird Houses Benefit Shared Environmental Mission

In a cooperative partnership with the North Carolina Tree Farm Program (NCTFP), State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) is pleased to assist the non-profit organization with the distribution of bluebird houses to NCTFP’s newly certified tree farmers. The bluebird houses are an addition to the Program’s “Welcome Package” – a fitting gift to initiate new forest landowners into the Tree Farm Program.

NASF Welcomes Forest Science & Health Committee Contractor Bob Simpson

The National Association of State Foresters' Forest Science and Health Committee welcome new committee contractor Robert (Bob) Simpson. 

In addition to his contract position with NASF's committee, Simpson is President and CEO of GreenWoodGlobal Consulting, Ltd. His firm specializes in working with forest products companies, natural resource agencies and natural resource NGOs, helping them meet their strategic directives involving forest sustainability, with focus on family forest owners, cooperatives and communities owning and managing forest land.

Society of American Foresters Names New Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has named Louise A. Murgia, CF, as its Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Murgia assumed the position on January 1, 2015. In this role, Murgia will be responsible for managing the staff and day-to-day operations at SAF’s headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

Murgia will join SAF Chief Executive Officer Matt Menashes and Chief Financial Officer Jorge Esguerra in charting a course of action for the organization as it works to achieve its strategic goals.

Last Stand of Wisconsin's President’s Oak

After a tall and green life, Quercus macrocarpa, better known to friends as the President’s Oak, was taken down on Jan. 14, 2015, following a lengthy illness.

The native bur oak was once a tree without a name. It was born about three centuries ago, at least 100 years before the university, into the open savannah emblematic of Wisconsin’s pre-settlement landscape. Likely it sprouted naturally from an acorn provided by another centuries-old bur oak nearby.

Antique Tree Maps Show the State of American Forests in 1884

A set of 16 maps, commissioned by the United States Census and published in 1884 have been digitized by the David Rumsey Map Collection. The maps represent American forests by genus of tree, density, and position.

The maps were compiled at the direction of dendrologist and horticulturist Charles Sprague Sargent. Sargent, a Bostonian and officer in the Union Army, was a professor of horticulture and the first director of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard.

Request for Proposal: NASF Forestry Performance Measures

National Association of State Foresters Forestry Performance Measures for the United States


Request for Proposals Date: January 19, 2015 | Proposal Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm EST, February 27, 2015

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) is requesting proposals from qualified firms/consultants to develop a series of performance measures that each state can compile and report nationally to demonstrate the benefits of trees and forests to society.  

Goats Receive Special Snack of Donated Christmas Trees

If it takes a community to raise a kid, then Katie and Jennifer Barbeau are doing things right at the Mountain Girl Farm.

So much of the food their goats eat is donated by neighbors in north Adams, Mass. The most in season item on the menu is Christmas trees. The goats eat them clean from the needles to the trunk. 

"The other day we came in and we were like- what's all over their mouths? Their mouths were all sticky; it was the sap from Christmas trees." 

Wisconsin State of the Birds report highlights successes

The 2014 Wisconsin State of the Birds report highlights successful partnerships, conservation efforts and their positive impacts to bird species throughout the state.

The Wisconsin State of the Birds Report contains excerpts from the State of the Birds Report, which is a national overview of the conservation status of birds in the United States issued by the U.S. committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. It estimates population trends for birds grouped by broad habitat categories and shows how the trends have changed in recent years.


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